A collection of case studies for prospective school administrators that emphasizes problem solving, decision-making, and effective management.
Based on the conviction that effective practice in school administration requires both leadership and management, this text provides a mix of problems that require administrative decisions as presented in 24 open-ended case studies. In today’s reform-minded, information-based society, practitioners must be able to frame problems correctly and then make effective decisions to ameliorate them. As leaders, district and school-level administrators are expected to focus on what should be done to improve schools; as managers, they are expected to focus on how to do things successfully. The cases in this book are designed to make students think about common problems of practice by encouraging them to bridge theory and practice. Each case provides an active form of learning, allowing students to demonstrate their ability to apply knowledge to common problem situations.
Kowalski (educational administration, U. of Dayton, Ohio) uses 24 case studies to train the reader in the issues and dilemmas that face an administrator. The case studies are grouped by topic<-->such as lounge talk, using committees to make key decisions, the principal changes some valued rules, and different perceptions of effective teaching<-->and, following background on the topic, the case study is laid out in detail, with the end result suppressed and replaced by a list of key issues and questions to provoke thought and discussion in the classroom. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)